Marquee matchup in return game Sunday

The Seattle-Arizona game Sunday features two of the NFL's most dangerous kickoff return specialists.

LaRod Stephens-Howling scored on a 96-yard kickoff return for Arizona in Week 9, matching the Seahawks' Leon Washington with two kickoff return touchdowns this season.

Stephens-Howling faces a Seattle kickoff coverage unit allowing 21.6 yards per return, ninth in the league. Washington faces the Cardinals' 23rd-ranked kickoff coverage unit (24.2 per return).

Washington has added punt-return duties in the past couple games, breaking a 43-yarder against Oakland among his three opportunities.

Seattle and Arizona have had problems on offense. Both players have the ability to score points or at least alter field position in the return game. The Cardinals have scored eight times on returns this season.

The chart compares kickoff return numbers for Stephens-Howling and Washington, with league rankings in parenthesis.

Kickoff Return Comparison